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TOLERATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tolerate mean? 

TOLERATE (verb)
  The verb TOLERATE has 4 senses:

1. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
2. recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
3. have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen
4. allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

  Familiarity information: TOLERATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TOLERATE (verb)


Sense 1tolerate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put up with something or somebody unpleasant

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

tolerate; brook; endure; abide; stomach; bear; stick out; digest; put up; suffer; stand; support

Context examples:

I cannot bear his constant criticism / The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks / he learned to tolerate the heat / She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage

Hypernyms (to "tolerate" is one way to...):

allow; countenance; let; permit (consent to, give permission)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tolerate"):

accept; live with; swallow (tolerate or accommodate oneself to)

hold still for; stand for (tolerate or bear)

bear up (endure cheerfully)

take lying down (suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively)

take a joke (listen to a joke at one's one expense)

submit; take; undergo (accept or undergo, often unwillingly)

sit out (endure to the end)

pay (bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot tolerate Sue


Sense 2tolerate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

We must tolerate the religions of others

Hypernyms (to "tolerate" is one way to...):

abide by; honor; honour; observe; respect (show respect towards)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3tolerate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him

Hypernyms (to "tolerate" is one way to...):

endure; suffer (undergo or be subjected to)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4tolerate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

permit; tolerate; allow

Context examples:

We don't allow dogs here / Children are not permitted beyond this point / We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital

Hypernyms (to "tolerate" is one way to...):

allow; countenance; let; permit (consent to, give permission)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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